Injuries and off-field matters have certainly left their mark on the NFL season thus far, as Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 3 can attest. When Adrian Peterson will return (if he returns) is anyone’s guess, while Jamaal Charles, Doug Martin, Ryan Mathews, Ben Tate, Knowshon Moreno, Maurice Jones-Drew, Mark Ingram and DeAngelo Williams all either got hurt last week or missed last week because of injury. With so many backfields already impacted, it’s good to know there are still some constants to lean on. Such as LeSean McCoy, last year’s rushing champion who has produced back-to-back games of at least 95 total yards. Shady should be in for another productive afternoon when the Eagles host the Redskins on Sunday.
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2014 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs
Picked up 102 total yards, TD vs. Colts.
No. 1 fantasy RB ran wild (167 yds.) vs. Titans.
Two straight 100-yard games for Foster.
Just six carries (plus 4 rec., TD) vs. Chargers.
Gio's talents (90 rush, 79 rec.) on display vs. ATL.
Who needs catches if you score 2 TDs?
at NYJ (Mon.)
Bottled up (36 total yds.) vs. 49ers.
107 total yards in loss to Ravens.
Held to just 43 yards rushing vs. Jets.
Stepped up (79 yds., 2 TDs) after Charles injury.
Slow start could be prolonged vs. Seahawks.
5.8 ypc + 102-yard KOR for TD vs. MIA.
109 total yards vs. Cardinals.
Twice as many touches (16 to 8) as Bush.
Averaging 5.1 ypc despite foot issue.
The 25 carries are certainly encouraging.
Little man came up HUGE (152 rec. yds.) on MNF.
Should see bulk of the carries w/ Moreno out.
Hopefully better matchups ahead for Bush.
Big TD run vs. Bears wiped out by penalty.
at ATL (Thurs.)
Late scratch (ankle) last week. Watch closely.
Got the work (22 att.) and yards (96).
More work coming w/ Ingram (hand) out?
8 yards on 7 carries not getting it done.
vs. CHI (Mon.)
Averaging just 3.6 yards per carry thus far.
70 yds. rushing and 2 rec. TDs.
Rookie did his job (68, TD) vs. Saints.
Out-touched (25 to 7), upstaged by Ridley.
His job for now w/ Peterson on exempt list.
at ATL (Thurs.)
Exploded for 144 yds. In Martin's absence.
vs. CHI (Mon.)
Just 43 yards, but was still better than CJ.
Figures to benefit from Ingram's (hand) injury.
Should see more work w/ Mathews out.
Looked great against Eagles until fumble.
Spiller more effective against Dolphins.
vs. TB (Thus.)
Yet to be much of factor.
Will his role change w/ Mathews (MCL) out?
Out-rushed by QB (37 to 58) w/ MJD out.
15 carries and first career TD vs. Falcons.
Struggled as starter w/ DeAngelo (thigh) out.
Did not play last week b/c of thigh injury.
8 carries vs. BAL compared to 22 for Pierce.
11 carries a good sign for him moving forward.
Gets two carries in loss to Cowboys.
Rookie could get more opportunities w/ Peterson out.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
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